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Tips for Creating Effective Online Learning

In the corporate setting, engagement and retention are immensely important right from an employee’s very first day. Employees who feel accomplished and valued are more inclined to stick around for years to come. The first big chance we get to capture this initial engagement begins with the training process. Training, both on- and offline methods, needs to be approached in the right way to extract the most value possible. When using an online training course, here are a few content creation tips to keep in mind.
Provide engaging content
A 2013 Gallup study of employees across 142 countries found that only 13 percent of workers feel engaged at work. Providing access to high-quality learning materials in a Developing an E-learning Environment is a great start to reversing that trend and increasing engagement locally. A commitment to e-training is even more valuable, as employees have the ability to access training at any time of day, from anywhere with an internet connection.
Because of this value, e-learning is becoming more popular in the corporate setting. If your company has adopted a learning management system (LMS) to conduct their training sessions, many may ask how to effectively get the most out of the online learning experience. Learners are coming to your online course to learn, but it’s also important to keep things fresh, engaging, and fun. The content should be clearly written with the course objectives outlined and organized. Let the learner interact with the course by integrating games and presenting real-life scenarios throughout the entire course to reinforce the information. Mix up the way you E-training delivery by including videos, quizzes, polls, surveys, and a variety of other multimedia in your online course.
Apply lessons to real life
How does your course apply to the learner's daily job function? Remember that most employees will be asking themselves this question as they sit down to start their training. Outline the key concepts the learner will be expected to remember, and the important skills they will acquire upon successful completion of the course. Make sure these concepts and skills relate to completing actual job tasks. Be sure to include examples using videos and images of what the learner can expect to see on the job.
Brand your course
Everything about your online training course, from its style to its colors and logo, should represent your company. You want your new employees to learn the culture and feel part of the team right away. The style and design of your e-training should reflect this. Choose a design style that matches your company’s culture, and be consistent with this design throughout each of your training courses.
Make it easy to read and navigate
Big walls of text are clunky and difficult to digest, and can appear daunting to the learner. Keep paragraphs short, even if it means separating content into multiple pages per section. Use white space and formatting (bullets, numbered lists, etc.) to break up text into bite-sized chunks. Learners will feel a sense of accomplishment after clicking through multiple easy-to-read pages. When creating the course, try to keep yourself in the mindset of your learner. Use language that’s relevant to the audience, including company terminology that specific teams use. Start with the most important concepts and build from there.
Incorporate your end goals
Tie everything together at the end of the course. The learner should be able to pick out and remember the most important takeaways or themes. Make a list of your objectives and check them off as you complete the course design. Make sure to leave each learner feeling like they have accomplished (and learned!) something by taking each course. Effective online learning leads to happy and engaged employees.

It's time to take learning mobile


More than 90% of employees felt underprepared for their jobs coming out of college.

of employees agreed that changes in their field require them to update their knowledge and develop new professional skills.


But only
said their current job is 100% preparing them for future work.

To what extent is your current work preparing you for your future? 85.0% of peoplesaid current work is preparing them 70.9% for their future. 12.1% 2.9% 0%Prepared 25% 50% 75% 100%Prepared

How Do We Prepare for the Future?


9 out of 10
employees reported using some form of web-enabled learning.

SocialMedia70.6% MOOCs61.8% Websites83.2% OnlineCourses78.8% MobileTech80.2%

Whose Learning
is Mobile?

Baby Boomers Gen Xers Millennials

5 Ways to Make Your Culture of Learning

More Effective

  • 1

    Creating training that fills common career preparedness gaps

  • 2

    Taking advantage of resources and communities on the open web that your self-directed learners are already using

  • 3

    Encouraging a culture of learning that makes it easy for employees to share learning resources

  • 4

    Using technology that is frictionless, or simple for anyone to develop engaging training

  • 5

    Ensuring that your online learning platform supports mobile-ized training

Published March 2016 by Instructure, Inc.
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